Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale) | Tröegs Brewing Company

Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale)Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale)
65 Ratings
Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale)Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
So, just how fresh is our Fresh Hop Ale? Well, first we begin with 400 pounds of fresh, whole flower hops from B.T. Loftus Ranches in Yakima, WA. These hops are hand-picked right from the vine, placed into boxes, and immediately shipped to our brewery. Once they arrive, we pack a double dose of these glorious green, sticky cones into our hopback vessel until it is bursting at the seams. This equates to two pounds of hops per barrel! Due to the volatile nature of recently harvested hops, we must use them immediately in order to capture the bold aromas and flavors released by the hop oils. The payoff is a fresh, flavorful ale dripping with the essence of oily hop goodness.

56 IBU

Added by stakem on 10-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of oline73
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden amber color with a quarter finger of white head that sticks around while you drink your beer.

Smell: Quite mild. I'm getting some bready malt along with a hint of hop bitterness, but not a ton going on here.

Taste: Some citrus fruit along with sweet malt. I'm getting some hops, but they aren't overly strong. The malt taste is bready with a fruity undertone. The finish is sweet and malty underneath with bitter hops on top.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with carbonation that is foamy and smooth. The finish is rather dry.

Overall: I didn't think this IPA was very aggressive, perhaps a bit safe. The carbonation level was just perfect and I still enjoyed the beer overall.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Stakem for hooking me up with a bottle of this latest Scratch.

Pours a clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of rich and sudsy bright-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger, which coats the sides of the glass with a rich sticky smattering of lace. The aroma smells of fresh herbs and raw earth, with a touch of lemon and some light ripe fruity notes. A semi-sweet graininess adds some tanginess to this across the back. That earthiness is rather sharp here in the nose.

The taste is bitter rind, gritty earth, grassy herbal textures, light fruit and some sweetness on the edges. This finishes dry, bitter and earthy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture in the mouth that has just a touch of crispness running down the center. Just a bit of warmth is present in the overall feel here.

I just couldn’t get on board with this one. I didn’t get a lot of pine, grapefruit or even tropical fruit and the whole thing just came off as grassy and raw with an unpleasant lingering bitterness. Maybe this didn’t translate well to the bottle or something. Anyway, this was a disappointment for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Brewery.

A - Pours hazy amber yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty rings of lace down parts of the glass. A very pretty beer.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, pine resin, fresh cut grass and some lightly toasted grain. The hops are intense initially, the malt comes forward later, leaving this one fairly balanced toward the end of the glass.

T - Starts off with a big, oily citric hop bite slowly giving way to hints of sticky pine resin, lightly toasted sweet caramel malt, fresh grass and some dulled spicyness. Finish is very dry thanks to those oily hops, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very hoppy, dry feel from start to finish. Very smooth for an IPA. The alcohol is very well hidden, if the board wasn't right in front of me I would have no clue this is 7.7%

O - I really like this one. I have had all of the fresh hop scratch beers and this may be the best of the bunch. It tastes like Perpetual IPA with an extra kick of fresh citra hops. I will get as much as I can, I suggest you do the same!

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a matching Troegs pint glass. The brew appears a hazed color of light yellow. A finger of white froth appears atop and fades leaving patches of webby lace clinging to the glass. Rising bubbles maintain a thin film atop and a light swirl revives about a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with a bit of a vegetative aspect that the more I smell it, it starts to come across like cantaloupe. There is a minor spicy quality present that fades to a bit of herbal aspect. More smells make this brew come off somewhat grassy. The grain presents itself reminiscent of pilsner with that classic dirty feet quality that is also mildly cheesy.

The taste runs the gauntlet of hop flavoring before the bitterness sets in. Fresh hop flavors are vegetative first that blend into a bit of that previously described cantaloupe and melon flavoring. That wet hop flavor is present with a grassiness and it really doesn't boast that typical tropical aspect that is so distinctive in what I expect for a citra-based hoppy brew. The more I sip on this brew, the more the malt comes forward with a residual sweetness that is bready and a bit cheesy like the previously described pilsner feet aspect.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to lower level of carbonation. For a wet hop ale, it fits the bill and displays some nice flavoring. I was anxious to get bottles of this after having it on tap, but as I sit here and swig away, I am not as impressed as my initial impression. I don't know if the wet hop harvest was just not that good this year or what. Nearly every wet hop offering I have had doesn't really come off any more fresh or impressive than its normal hop counterparts.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of corby112
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger pillowy, white foam head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Dank floral hop aroma with a subtle pale malt presence.  Fresh juicy hops with resinous pine and citrus peel countered by bready yeast and biscuity makt.  Some grapefruit and pineapple countering grassy hops and pine needles.

Medium bodied with a blast of juicy, sticky hops up front that linger over the pale malts into a dry finish.  Sticky, dry and bitter with resinous pine and grassy spruce tip notes.  This is countered by citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as a decent pale malt backbone.  Some grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel followed by bread, biscuit and graham cracker.  Decent hoppy beer that's well balanced and easy to drink.  Nothing too out of the ordinary but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pour is a very pale yellow that I can't quite see through, but doesn't appear to be murky. Maybe I need bifocals. Nose isn't the best part of the beer - grapefruity, but I need to bury my nose to ID.

Scratch Beer #78 is what I've come to expect from this series - pretty good. There's a ton of grapefruit, a strong sweet malt tweet, & at the end a nice bitter twang. The only true note of interest is a touch of mango coming in sideways.

Standard IPA that doesn't get its head above the crowd, despite the fresh hopping. Troegs: if you're going to continue this series, get creative, please? Pretty good IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hollywood_15063
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-strong citrus, pine, light floral,notes

T-malt, grapefruit, pine, slight floral, moderate bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a decent IPA with some good flavors, easy drinking

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly cloudy golden body with a frothy white head.

S- Nice piney hop aroma, smells like fresh hop resin. Slight citrus note along with a slight sweet sugary honey aroma. Hops definitely come through the most.

T- Bitter fresh hops come through with a punch of pine. A malt backbone is present to balance it out, but the hops are at the forefront.

M- A little smoother and a lower carbonation level that most IPAs. The hops have some bite, but overall the mouthfeel is nice and pleasant.

O- An enjoyable offering. A change of pace from the year round IPAs and something to look forward to during harvest season.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-10-13 in Hershey, PA at the brewery

A - Mildly hazy yellow-orange with a 1.5 finger white head and moderate lacing.

S - Rich, dank, citrus, tropical, crushed hop bud. Plenty of aroma.

T - Big blast of hop bud flavor, then citrus, light malt, tropical , touch of honey and moderate trailing bitterness. The aftertaste is herbal and spicy with some cutting citrus and a bit of pine. Grapefruit zest finishes it off.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Creamy, oily and somewhat prickly.

O - A really fine brew. Somewhat-like their collaboration with Fat Head's called Fat Scratch Fever. Very glad to have this fresh, and on the day when Troegs won best mid-size brewery at the 2012 GABF. This beer is an example of why they are winners. Good stuff.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Amber with low carbonation and excellent clarity.

Grapefruit juice, papaya, bread and caramel.

The hops don't seem to be popping like I had hoped. Grapefruit juice, papaya and some strange (but good) strawberry banana flavors. Very bready malts with hints of caramel.

Light-medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing.

Incredibly mellow and easy drinking Fresh Hop Ale, especially at 7.7%. But again, the hops don't seem to be kicking as much as they should.

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DaveHack
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely hazy golden orange body, topped by two fingers of dense white foam. Long thin lace follows.

Aroma is fresh juicy citrus: orange, mango, apricot.

Caramely malt sweetness squishes down the tongue, forced ahead by squigee carrying juicy fruits which engulf the mouth. Bitterness builds and bites at the swallow. Fruit and bitter intermingle and linger in he afterglow.

Light-medium mouthfeel is big enough to carry everything along, and small enough to stay out of the way.

Once again, Troegs delivers a fall treat.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mikeburd1128
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Scratch Beer 78 - 2012 (Fresh Hop Ale) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 65 ratings
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